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  • 28 Sep 2017 - Drug Updates

Patients on warfarin should not use over-the-counter Miconazole oral gel (Daktarin)

Patients on warfarin should take prescription-only miconazole oral gel and should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any signs of bleeding.

  • 28 Sep 2017 - Drug Updates

Loperamide (Imodium): Overdoses of loperamide associated with risk of serious cardiovascular events

Naloxone should be given as an antidote in case of overdoses of loperamide.

  • 23 Aug 2017 - Drug Updates

Local and systemic administration of corticosteroids: risk of central serous chorioretinopathy

Report any blurred vision or other visual disturbances during corticosteroid treatment.

  • 31 Jul 2017 - Drug Updates

Daclizumab (Zinbryta▼) in multiple sclerosis: Review patients for liver function currently on treatment

Initiate daclizumab in restricted groups of patients with limited treatment options and closely monitor liver function.

  • 28 Jul 2017 - Drug Updates

Nivolumab (Opdivo▼), pembrolizumab (Keytruda▼): Risk of graft rejection

Consider the benefit of treatment with nivolumab or pembrolizumab versus the risk of possible organ transplant rejection for each patient.

  • 27 Jun 2017 - Drug Updates

Restrictions to manage the risk for misuse of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine to be continued

Sale and supply of these products should be done under supervision of pharmacist or suitably trained pharmacy staff.

  • 27 Jun 2017 - Drug Updates

Brimonidine gel (Mirvaso): Risk of cardiovascular events if applied to damaged skin

Advise patients not to apply brimonidine gel to irritated or damaged skin.

  • 27 Jun 2017 - Drug Updates

Yellow Card Scheme Website: Report any side effects or safety concerns with e-cigarettes and e-liquids

Information on Yellow Card Scheme Website can aid in identifying unrecognised side effects and can thereby help to support the safety of e-cigarettes.

  • 30 May 2017 - Drug Updates

Finasteride 1 mg (Propecia): Reports of depression and suicidal thoughts in men

Advise patients to discontinue treatment immediately if episodes of depressive illness and suicidal thoughts are reported.

  • 24 Aug 2017 - Drug Updates

Revised recommendations for use of adrenaline auto-injectors post European review

Patients should carry 2 adrenaline auto-injectors at all times.